Disney Buys Almost 1,000 Acres of Land Just South of Walt Disney World

New rumors arose: Disney is up to something. The Walt Disney Company purchased 965 acres of land southeast of Celebration, property records show. It is unclear what Disney plans to do with the newly purchased land.

According to recently filed documents, the company has purchased the site of the BK Ranch from Florida-based BFT Capital Corp. in Osceola County for $23 million. A deed shows the sale was finalized last Thursday. The land Disney purchased is located just southeast of Disney World, only 10 miles away, near Celebration, a master-planned community.

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New Hotel Tower ‘The Cove’ is Headed to Disney World

It looks like the rumors have been confirmed. After months of speculation, Marriott confirmed that it was planning a third resort hotel at Walt Disney World next to its Swan and Dolphin hotels. 


It was only clear that the new project would focus on business travelers, with meeting spaces and business suites. Nearly half of the 343 rooms in the new hotel will be business suites. The hotel will provide more professional meeting space with built-in AV systems, large conference tables, and other meeting-focused amenities.

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SpaceX Launches Final Record-Breaking Rocket оf 2018

SpaceX has successfully launched its 21st rocket of the year – smashing its previous record, which is its first national security mission in the process.

At 8.51a.m. Eastern Time, December 23, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral with a new GPS 3 satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force. The launch had been delayed several times the last week, but finally took off on Sunday.

This was the 20th Falcon 9 rocket flight this year, and SpaceX’s 21st flight in total, including the Falcon Heavy launch in February. The previous record was last year- 18 launches.

This launch does not aim a landing, unlike SpaceX’s recent launches. The full performance of the rocket will take the satellite on board to its intended orbit about 1,200 miles above the Earth.

In 2016 SpaceX were awarded an $83 million contract to launch this satellite, which is worth half a billion dollars. This is the first of a class of new GPS satellites that are being built by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin developed and manufactured GPS 3 at its advanced $128-million GPS 3 Processing Facility near Denver. In September 2017, the Air Force declared the satellite “Available for Launch”, AFL, and had the company place it into storage. Last Summer the Air Force ordered the satellite for launch and Lockheed Martin delivered it to Florida on August 20. The satellite is nicknamed the Vespucci after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci and has a lifespan of 15 years .

The launch was originally scheduled for May 2018, however, it was delayed as tests of new Block 5 rocket had being continuing. SpaceX is currently contracted to fly four more GPS satellites, worth more than $380 million in total.

The goal of Vespucci will be to replace an existing old GPS satellite that has been in orbit since 1997. The new satellite, GPS 3, known as SV01, boasts some advanced capabilities over its predecessor, including three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities.

According to Forbes.

Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape

Disney shows sweeping new drone footage unveiling construction of the new Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, against music composed for the attraction.

A video of the London Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams’ rousing music created for the attractions as Star Wars fans are taken on a brief tour of Galaxy’s Edge. The video includes incredible sweeping aerial shots that reveal how construction is progressing. Continue reading “Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape”

TripAdvisor Names the Best Amusement Parks in the World

In the hunt for the world’s best amusement park, a Florida attraction takes the top spot.

The travel review site TripAdvisor revealed its new rankings of the best amusement and water parks around the world in its 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards – and the winner is an attraction in the theme park capital of Florida – Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure came out on top of the ranking just ahead of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida which came second in the list. The third position is taken by the top-rated European attraction of Le Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses, France. Continue reading “TripAdvisor Names the Best Amusement Parks in the World”

Disney’s New Toy Story Land Even More Magical at Night

This land really comes to life at night.

The playfully themed Toy Story Land really comes to life at night and is a more enjoyable experience than during the day.

Toy Story Land, the brand new area that opened on June 30, 2018, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is inspired by the Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. The new land is the first of two major expansions to be built at Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Land is bright, however with tons of crowds during the day. Although it has an adorable theme, the heat and overwhelming hordes of people ruin the experience. On the other hand, at night, Toy Story Land comes to life and is a really enjoyable experience. Everything looks so festive, all those statues of the character illuminated and various multi-colored lights strung overhead. The buildings are also illuminated with rosy colorful lighting.

Riding the Slinky Dog Dash is another experience that feels completely different at night. As the track has lights, the surrounding darkness intensifies the thrill of the coaster.

The Disney Parks Blog promised that when the land opens, guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and others.

According to Insider.

I-Drive’s High-Flying StarFlyer Sets New Opening Date

StarFlyer, world’s tallest swing ride debut pushed to June.

The original May 11 opening date of the StarFlyer has been pushed by 3 weeks. Thrill seekers will have to wait until June 1. The developer, Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments, LLC owns the Vue at 360 complex where the ride will be located. Officials with the company announced a new June 1, 2018 debut. The attraction was expected to open May 11.

Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that “Kids will be out of school,” at the opening of the new attraction. StarFlyer will be world’s tallest swing ride at 450 feet and two dozen guests at a time will be able to swing at 60 mph. Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that the reasons for delays include an incomplete railing that will surround the ride, as well as unfinished landscaping features.

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First Glimpse of Upcoming Fast & Furious – Supercharged Attraction

Universal Orlando has released a few more details about its upcoming Fast and Furious attraction at Universal theme park. However, a specific opening date wasn’t announced. “The spring of 2018” said officials from the company.

Universal promises plenty of real-life automobiles involved in the Fast and Furious Supercharged attraction, which means guests will have unique high-speed action experience. A post on the official Universal blog shows that the space houses upgraded cars designed for racing: some of them we have seen in the film’s series and others are especially designed for the high-speed chase experience.

The new attraction will feature the iconic Dodge Charger owned by the character of Dom, played by Vin Diesel. The vehicle is currently parked in front of the Fast and Furious family’s new headquarters. Also, guests will see for the first time, Continue reading “First Glimpse of Upcoming Fast & Furious – Supercharged Attraction”

Disney Reveals Details about Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark 20th anniversary with Party for the Planet.
Walt Disney World is planning special events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom theme park, starting with two weeks of Party for the Planet festivities.

Guests will be able to attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and enjoy interactions with some animals of the park’s attractions.

The festive activities will start on April 22, which is Earth Day and the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s official opening in 1998.

 

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